Saturday, April 9, 2016


I know all the weight experts say that your weight is only a number and you shouldn't rely on the weighing scales to determine whether you're happy or not. Instead it is more about how your clothes fit you and most importantly about how you feel health and energy wise.
But let's call a spade a spade! We all have that magical number on the scales that we want to hit. In my case it's 10st 3lbs.
Why's that, I hear you ask?
Well that's my borderline healthy BMI weight. At 10st 3 1/2 lbs I am technically overweight but at that I am a healthy weight.
I haven't seen that number since the year 2000 while I was living in Abu Dhabi. The ex-pat lifestyle, although brilliant, was playing havoc with my eating patterns. Those "Eat and drink all you can" nights for a tenner were not kind to my waistline
or my liver!
I remember the  morning I stood on the scales and saw that number I was horrified. I was on the cusp of being overweight for the first time in my life. I decided there and then that wasn't going to happen, I promptly went out that night and the rest is history. My weight has gone up and up over the years until I stood on the scales in front of the Irish nation on Jan 6th 2016 and weighed in at 11st 11 1/2 lbs.
My final weigh-in on Feb 21st was 10st 9 1/2 lbs.
That damn 1/2 lb followed me all the way through the show!
I was absolutely thrilled with my results....but I was still  in the"overweight" category.
I gave myself a few days to celebrate and then got back on track.
Nowadays people ask me
"Are you still on "Operation Transformation"?
I continue to type out my Eating plan for the week as I suffer from PSTS Primary School Teacher Syndrome 
and I train  6 out of 7 days...but I answer "No"!
This is not because I am hiding anything, but because I no longer feel I am "on" a diet.
This is now simply my way of living and I'd feel rotten if I didn't do it.

I have continued to weigh myself once a week, even though I know how I'm getting on by my energy levels. This morning I stood on the scales and this is what I saw...

I want to take this opportunity to apologise to my neighbours who may have heard a scream emerging from my house at approximately 09:06!
 So I not only reached my target I overshot it a little bit. I have lost a total of 1 st 9 1/2 lbs.
It's still there!
The last time I saw that number on the scales I was distraught, this time I was ecstatic.
It's all a matter of what direction you are approaching it from!!!


  1. Well, many congratulations Nols.
    My preferred phrase is: a healthy eating habit (which I have) because 'diet' is mostly seen as being a temporary situation.

    1. Most definitely.after three months I am still as motivated as I was at the start. That would never happen on a "diet"!